Philippines considers total firework ban

Philippines considers total firework ban

Philippines considers total firework ban

Posted 1 January 2013, 19:07 AEST

The Philippine Government has proposed a total firework ban, after hundreds of people suffered firework-related injuries over the festive period.

The Philippine Government has proposed a total firework ban, after hundreds of people suffered firework-related injuries over the Christmas and New Year period.

Administration officials say they will meet with legislators next week to discuss the move.

Presidential Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says the government hopes to have a total firecracker ban passed and enforced before the next festive season.

The overall casualty toll from fireworks has declined.

Health authorities say there were 413 reported injuries from firecracker use across the Philippines between December 21 and January 1 - down 17 per cent compared with the same period in 2011/12.

Half of those hurt were children aged under ten, with most of the injuries blamed on the use of a cheap firecracker smuggled from China called "piccolo."

A four-year-old was also killed and eight people were injured by indiscriminate gunfire during the New Year celebrations.